segunda-feira, 18 de fevereiro de 2013

Another venom extraction method... from a curious source!

I really loved this one.

Maybe one day I will also experiment with this venom? These weird animals are quite nasty sometimes!..

segunda-feira, 21 de janeiro de 2013

Fire ant venom extraction method published

Dear readers and passersby!

I am proud to announce that the latest paper describing a new method for extracting fire ant venom has been published. I am afraid access is open only to academic researchers -- the .pdf can be downloaded for free HERE.

Well, basically all one has to do it to collect a fire ant nest, get the ants out, and dip them into a mixture of two solvents. Apolar solvent will hold venom alkaloids (LOTS OF IT) and water will hold venom proteins and peptides (VERY TOXIC). Now you have only to find ways of evaporating these liquids safely and store the venom.

Easy and quick, if you are not afraid of manipulating a whole horde of angry fire ants. At least workers cannot fly! I must warn you that the venom components are dangerous, and should be handled with great care. The concentrated mixture looks very much like snake venom.

Not for evil purposes!! Have fun and give me some feed back, please.

A demonstrative video can be downloaded from here. It can be viewed below: